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Preventing Infection in Care


31 August 2011

Preventing Infection in Care
New resource for care home staff will help  improve infection control procedures

Care home staff throughout Scotland are set to benefit from a free educational resource for prevention and control of infection.  Developed by NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland (SCSWIS), it comprises a comprehensive DVD learning programme and a CD of additional resources and links to other courses run by NES.  The resource, Preventing Infection in Care:

• enables the consistent application of standard infection control procedures across the highly mobile workforce in the care home sector

• helps care home providers meet their responsibility to ensure that staff employed in care homes have the appropriate skills and knowledge to prevent and control infection

• is available to anyone providing care, whether care in the community or at home

Preventing Infection in Care was developed in conjunction with the Care Homes for Older People curriculum advisory group.  This group includes representation from Scottish Care, the Association of Directors of Social Work (ADSW), care home providers, health protection nurses and other stakeholders.  A key requirement was to address the educational needs of staff providing care in the community and care at home with the goal to deliver an equivalent programme of learning for Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI) to that available in the hospital environment.

The new resource addresses the objectives of the Scottish Government HAI Task Force action plan and also supports the Reshaping Care of Older People Programme and the Quality Strategy Ambitions of Safe and Effective healthcare.

• Safe - to support integrated programme of action to reduce occurrence of healthcare associated infection

• Effective - to increase focus on preventative and anticipatory care and intervention

Commenting on the partnership effort, Malcolm Wright, Chief Executive, NHS Education for Scotland said: "This project is another example of how we are beginning to work closely with partners in the Social Care sector.  It is our objective to provide integrated education to support models of care which are closer to people in their communities."

David Cumming, Director of Operations (Programming, Co-operation and Registration) at SCSWIS, added: "We welcome this new educational programme as a practical resource for those working in care homes and the home environment. This important resource will increase their knowledge and skills in infection control with the aim of improving standards of care and support for those who use services."

Further information from: Mary-Jo O'Brien, Corporate Communications Manager,
NHS Education for Scotland, Tel. 0131 313 8038.


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  1. NES is NHSScotland's Education and Training Body. We provide educational solutions that support excellence in healthcare for the people of Scotland. We work in close partnership with a range of partners to deliver our vision of Quality Education for a Healthier Scotland.
  2. SCSWIS, which encompasses the work of the former Care Commission, Social Work Inspection Agency (SWIA) and child protection activities of HMIE, was established in April 2011 to monitor and regulate Scotland's 15,000 care services including care homes, nurseries, child minders and other support services, providing care to some 320,000 people.